by Scatter Global


Don't Let the Native Tongue Stop You

 Too often our culture emphasizes the barriers of language in regards to living missionaly for the Lord. We should encourage others to see missions and language learning as an opportunity, rather than a set back. An opportunity to delve into a new world where we all have one common thread- Jesus. Language can be difficult, but don’t let it stop you.

Have a New Outlook on Language Learning 

  • Encourage yourself and others to see language as an exciting new endeavor
  • Try and appreciate new culture and its beauty
  • Start simply by learning BEFORE you serve / visit overseas
  • Take every opportunity while in a new country to stay involved with the culture- having people over for dinner, asking pertinent questions, etc.

Here are some interesting facts about different languages around the world:

The top 3 commonly used languages in the world include

1. Chinese (Mandrin)

2. Spanish

3. English

Languages ranked according to their difficulty include-

 Asian speaking countries -ranked most difficult along with Arabic

"Medium' difficulty-  Included  Hebrew, Greek and  Hindi

Easier level of difficulty to learn- Norwegian, Dutch, Italian, French, and Spanish being the very last language.

In an article titled, " How to learn a language faster: 4 Easy Techniques,"( the author references some easy every day steps to take to enhance your language learning.

1. Talk with real live humans- This one may sound a little silly, but it's very true. While Rosetta Stone is very helpful, your friend Rosa is even more helpful when it comes to conversing in her own native language. 

2. Use new words as soon as possible- Another helpful tool is to just fill your vocab as quickly as humanly possible and just plug in words into your everyday array of conversations. It is also helpful to actually use these new words in their proper context, either way language learning is happening!

3. Ask a lot of questions- While you may be using some of your new and exciting vocab, again questions are helpful to being sure you are using these in their proper context.

4. Start with what you really need- This is a very helpful strategy- before submersing yourself in a culture ,remember that you will more than likely first be conversing about simple topics. While learning beautiful new words and conversation starters can be helpful, the basics are often more useful. 

Here are a few inspiring quotes to learning a language and the many doors this will open both spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. 

With Languages, you are at home anywhere." - Edmund De Waal 

 “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis

 “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith

 “Any time you think some other language is strange, remember that yours is just as strange, you’re just used to it.”

Fill free to comment below on your favorite quote involving a new language, or techniques you have found helpful in learning a new language!  


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